Monday, September 27, 2010

So Fresh and So Green

It's harvest time here at LowDive. We recently picked a nice supply of Nugget hops from our fields, aka a backyard in Logan Square. The picture above is a fraction of the hops we yielded, which were then dried, packaged, and hugged ever so gently.

Nugget hops are traditional used as a bittering hop. You probably have came across them while consuming an ale, ipa, stout, or barley wine perhaps. With a nice herbal aroma and distinguishable piney flavor the possibilities are endless (we don't discriminate) for potential uses here at the LowDive collective. However, there has been discussion of brewing a single hop ipa featuring our new little green friends. Stay tuned.

Happy Autumn to you all and all a good night...

Monday, September 13, 2010

Labor Day Recap

This past Labor Day marked LowDive's first official road trip. We hit the road with a keg each of our Farmhouse 6 and Farmhouse 9 saisons destined for...well, a farmhouse.

Some of our good friends and fellow beer-lovers were kind enough to invite us to join them in Iowa for a pig roast (mentioned here) held on a family farm. The family raised three mangalitsa pigs on premises and the fellas prepared some of the delicious meat to share with friends and family. So what better to bring along than some fresh and tasty beers!

Farmhouse 6 was a citrus-y 6% (thus the name) saison, with the grist made of nothing but 2-row and German wheat, and dry-hopped with Sorachi Ace hops. Our other saison, Farmhouse 9, was made of mainly 2-row with a little wheat and Munich, stronger at 9% and slightly hoppier (all Citra) and “dry-hopped” with lime zest. Both beers served as tasty complements to the delectable, liberally seasoned pork.

We'll be looking forward to sharing more LowDive beers with our friends in the very near future so stay tuned!